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Harold Robbins: The Adventurers $.99 B&N, Plus Others $2.99 Amazon/B&N
I saw these over on the B&N board on one of Kirsty Haining's lists:
Harold Robbins, a novelist known for steamy passion in his works, stirs up passion of a different kind in The Adventurers, a story of revolution and danger in the sultry jungles of South America. As a young boy, Diogenes Alejandro Xenos, witnesses the murder of his mother and sister by a band of marauders. As "Dax" grows to adulthood, he channels his fear and hatred into a desire for revolution, swearing revenge on those in power as he upsets the status quo.
His actions make him an outlaw, living on the fringes of society in a land turned upside down with corruption. He is wanted by men and women alike-but for very different reasons. This epic tale of escape from the horrors of a third-world regime is one of Harold Robbins' most ambitious novels ever, combining his trademark sensuality with political intrigue and a globe-spanning variety of exotic locales. Lose yourself in The Adventurers.
11 at B&N and 6 at Amazon for $2.99 each
Descent from Xanadu
His grandfather had built empires, his father had achieved the ultimate success in business, and today, through his inheritance, he is the richest and most powerful man in the world. His purpose is to break the barriers again for all mankind.
Judd Crane searches to find answers that have yet been unanswerable for mankind. How can a man live forever? His quest becomes passion as he spans the globe searching for knowledge and truth about life. As he does, he discovers worlds of intrigue, decadence, and the ruthless power of world leaders.
Badyr Al Fay is one of the richest men in the Middle East and can have any woman he wants. Born in a desert sandstorm that takes his mother's life, he is raised as an Arab, unaware of his true Israeli identity. But his life-and his fate-are controlled by two women: the woman he once loved who cannot seem to recapture his heart, and the woman searching for the father who left her many years ago. As he becomes increasingly entangled in the political web that surrounds his businesses, he must decide who he can trust-and finds both enemies and allies in the unlikeliest places.
The powerhouse storytelling of Harold Robbins shines through in The Pirate, a commanding tale of luxury and decadence, greed and passion, high finance and international intrigue against a backdrop of Mideast oil and global terrorism. Whether discovering his works for the first time or re-reading an old favorite, find out why Harold Robbins is the bestselling American author of all time.
Memories of Another Day (Amazon has it for $6.39)
Harold Robbins, the world's most popular and captivating storyteller, has created what may well be the most significant book ever written about the rise of the labor unions. The 1979 novel, freshly re-released, is the saga of Daniel Boone "Big Dan" Huggins, who rises from poverty and the mines of West Virginia to become the most respected and feared labor organizer in the nation.
Daniel's life and death are tied to the challenges and fortunes of American labor. Once he is gone, his youngest son Jonathan must take up the reins of his father's cause, returning to Daniel's roots to better understand the path that led him to his destiny.
Robbins has a gift for combining popular fiction with the most pertinent subjects of the twentieth century, to create a snapshot of the time. Relevant, respectful, and very readable, Memories of Another Day proves once again why Harold Robbins' books have sold more copies than any other American writer in history.
Dreams Die First (Amazon has it for $6.39)
California in the 1960s is a time of free love and peace on Earth. But the times, they are a'changing, and Gareth Brendan is trying his best to keep up. When his wealthy, powerful uncle gives him control of an underground newspaper, Gareth finds an outlet for all the radical thoughts and ideas he's kept inside. Suddenly, he's the head of an empire of casinos and clubs, movies and magazines, surrounded by models and pimps who cater to the ultra-rich.
Dreams Die First is an explosive story of one man's vision of liberated sexuality and how he turns that vision into a life of fame and fantasy. But all that power comes at a price, as a ruthless underworld syndicate seeks to topple Gareth's throne.
Harold Robbins, the world's bestselling novelist, does it again in Dreams Die First, a tale of power and passion that transports readers to another place and time.
Spellbinder ($6.39 at Amazon)
In the hard-hitting works of Harold Robbins, even the sacred isn't sacred. He takes aim at the world of religious revivalism. They're all over the airwaves-the televangelists-promising eternal salvation for an earthly price. The biggest of them all simply calls himself "Preacher." He begins his career in the foxholes of Vietnam, with a noble goal: spread the word of peace, love, and charity. Back home in the States, he starts "The Church," where sex and drugs are as much a part of the culture as prayers and sacraments.
Preacher's following grows as he travels throughout the country, taking the faithful. In Texas, he meets up with a powerful billionaire who likes his style. Before long, Preacher is the top entertainer in the televised arena of big-top, big-time religion for profit. Somewhere deep inside Preacher, a guilty conscience burns, and he knows he must make a terrible sacrifice to expose the hypocrisy.
Harold Robbins, the best-selling master of erotic fiction and high society, takes aim at the fashion industry in his bold tale, Goodbye, Janette. Tanya and her daughters, Janette and Lauren, survive the tortures of prison camp in Europe in World War II to begin a life of high fashion and high society. Tanya plunges headlong into the world of haute couture, building her fortune as she entices men and immortalizes women. Lauren chooses a path of decadence, benefitting from the stunning beauty that makes her a star in the world of glamour and fashion. But her choice to get involved with dangerous people threatens to destroy her. Janette, meanwhile, conquers the demons of her childhood to become a powerful, wealthy, and successful fashion model. The lives of these three sensual and exciting women unfold in one of Harold Robbins' most shockingly erotic novels of all time.
Never Love a Stranger
Harold Robbins' very first novel is also one of his most powerful. Never Love a Stranger tells the gritty and passionate tale of Francis "Frankie" Kane, from his meager beginnings as an orphan in New York's Hell's Kitchen. From that confused and belittling start, Frank works his way up, choosing the wrong side of the law to make a name for himself. At a young age, he becomes one of the city's most dangerous men, indulging in his passion for power, sex, and the best things in life-whether or not they can be purchased.
First published in 1948, the novel began Robbins' prolific career after someone made him a $100 bet that he couldn't write a bestseller. Twenty-six pot-boiling novels later, he proved the power of his words. Never Love a Stranger takes an unflinching look at a New York that's long gone by-exposing life during and after the Great Depression, when the syndicate ruled the city without mercy.
The Dream Merchants
Return to a time when Hollywood was young and the movie industry was just starting out. In Harold Robbins' second novel, he captures a bygone era of entertainment pioneers turning cinematic dreams into reality. The Dream Merchants is a story of powerful men and passionate women, doing whatever they have to in order to succeed.
Johnny Edge is a former carny hustler, filled with schemes and ambition. Peter Kessler trades in a life of being stuck in the hardware business for the fortunes of moviemaking. Actress Dulcie Warren isn't afraid to use her sexuality to fulfill her ambitions. And if she has to take someone down to get to the top? That's show business. Their worlds collide on the studio back lots at Magnum Pictures in moments of intrigue and entanglement.
Robbins' own experiences at Universal Studios laid the foundation for The Dream Merchants, the novel that would later be made into an all-star miniseries featuring Mark Harmon, Morgan Fairchild, Eve Arden, Robert Culp, Jose Ferrer, Robert Goulet, and Fernando Lamas.
In 1969, Harold Robbins began his "trilogy of greed" with The Inheritors, a tell-all novel about the entertainment industry. Spanning the years 1955 to 1965, and based on the lives of actual network executives and movie moguls, the novel exposes the sex, power, and politics of mass media.
Steve Gaunt is working hard to build his television empire. He's a visionary and a bit of a rebel, making him a hit, both in the ratings and with beautiful women. Sam Benjamin, meanwhile, is building his career through the movies. When they join forces, the partnership has the potential to make them very wealthy and powerful. But it's a dirty business and a rogue industry, and friendships can fall in a heartbeat when money is on the line.
In its initial publication, The Inheritors was a timely indictment of an industry on fire. Today, it is a fascinating look back at a time when television was just coming into its own, and how the movie industry dealt with this new threat.
The Lonely Lady
Meet JeriLee Randall, aspiring actress, ambitious writer, and sexual powerhouse. It is this ambition that takes her away from her tiny hometown of Port Clare and sets her on a collision course with her future. Surviving on determination and seduction, she makes her way to Broadway and then on to Hollywood. The bright lights mask a deeper darkness, and JeriLee is quickly drawn into a world of greed, drugs, casting couches, and smooth-talking power players. She struggles to hold on to her honesty and the code of ethics she developed in her youth. More than anything else, she struggles to hold on to her dreams of success and stardom. It will take all her strength and cunning to escape Hollywood's death grip and beat the power elite at their own game. Harold Robbins, the author who rewrote the rules for erotic fiction, turns Hollywood on its ear in The Lonely Lady.
Where Love Has Gone
Harold Robbins once said, "For me, the goal is always to make the page disappear and speak to my reader face to face as each character comes to life." The 1962 novel that rocked Hollywood to its core is finally back in print. Ripped from the headlines, Where Love Has Gone is inspired by the real-life murder of Johnny Stompanato, Lana Turner's lover, who was allegedly stabbed by the actress' daughter. Luke Carey has a wife and a baby on the way. His future looks bright . . . until his past catches up with him unexpectedly. A phone call in the dead of night summons him back to San Francisco to help his fourteen-year-old daughter Danielle, whom he hasn't seen in six years. But helping Danielle means he may have to face his ex-wife Nora-a prospect Luke is none too eager to explore. The inspiration for the 1964 blockbuster film starring Bette Davis.
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